Next Step: Connect, Engage & Build Relationships
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February 19, 2016                                                                               Edition 62


Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has partnered with Alberta Education and The Learning Bar ( to survey students regarding their level of engagement in learning, student wellness, classroom(s) and school climate. Gathering student feedback through the survey will support our school and Division plans for continuous improvement. In addition to student feedback, we will also be seeking teacher and parent feedback from select grades.

Grade 4 students will complete Alberta Education's Accountability Pillar survey and grades 7 through 12 students will complete a longer survey, entitled OurSCHOOL|TTFM, which has the Accountability Pillar survey questions included in it. As an annual check-up on the education system, Alberta Education conducts surveys of students to gather information on the quality of education provided by Alberta school authorities and their schools. The results are provided to school authorities to inform the development of their three-year education plans, Annual Education Results Report, and to evaluate the performance on Accountability Pillar survey measures.

Throughout the month of February, students and teachers will be completing the survey online at school. Student participation is voluntary and completely anonymous. Students are assigned a random username and password to ensure survey responses aren't linked to any individual student. Students at Next Step will be surveyed between February 1 and February 26. The online survey takes about 40 minutes and will be completed within the school day during regular class time.

Parents and guardians of students in grades 4, 7, and 10 will also be receiving a survey in the mail. The surveys are anonymous and we highly encourage you to participate. The results of the survey will be provided to EIPS in May 2016, which will then be shared with our families and school communities next fall in the Division's Annual Education Results Report.

If you have any questions about the OurSCHOOL|TTFM survey, please contact Kris Reid for more information about Alberta Education's Accountability Pillar survey,or Keith Bowen, the Director of Alberta Education's System Assurance Branch, at or 780-422-4750 (or toll free at 310-0000).

Phys Ed at Fort Saskatchewan
Fort Saskatchewan is planning exciting event of soccer, baseball, ultimate frisbee and badminton at Dow Centennial Centre on February 24th.

Phys Ed at Sherwood Park

Yoga - Thursday, February 25 at 11:00

You don't need to be in PE to enjoy these additional yoga classes at Sherwood Park.

Everyone is welcome to our introductory classes February 25 and March 3 all at 11:00 am!

Skiing Anyone???

Fort Saskatchewan is going to Rabbit Hill on Thursday, March 10th.  Grab your snow board or skis and join the fun.
For more information or to sign up, please contact Danielle Dressler.
Sherwood Park is going to Sunridge ski hill on Friday, February 26th and we want you to join us!
If interested or would like more information, please contact Susan Chalmers.


The SQUARE FOOT GARDENING PROJECT including composting is coming soon! We are very fortunate to have Harry Adam, retired principal, coming out to guide us. Thank you Harry!

Activities at Vegreville

Vegreville is also looking forward to the using our new cameras in PHOTOGRAPHY classes.  
We will be offering more FOODS and Phys Ed classes this semester. Details to follow.

CALM at Fort Saskatchewan

CALM April 18 to April 29 Monday to Friday from 9-11:30am.

This year Next Step Junior High students had the opportunity to be part of a development project in Strathcona County. Students were given a piece of land the County plans to develop and were asked to design it. Over the course of a month students interacted with 

County personnel who taught them the environmental science behind their project. Once they had completed their design our students presented their plots to engineers, developers and County members who will be finalizing this project.

Overall this was an outstanding project and students received high accolades for their work.

This is a Haiku by Saarth, a grade 6 Home Education student with Next Step.

March 2 

Early Dismissal

March 4

Professional Learning Day - School closed to students

March 24 - April 4

Spring Break - School closed to students
Next Step Continuing Education Summer School Registration begins Monday, February 22


Next Step Students are leaders! Leadership meetings are open to all students.

Come be the difference in your school and community!

This fantastic group has recently been awarded $1000 from ConocoPhillips and is using the money for a full day of sustainable fun at the University of Alberta with speakers, tours, and activities!

Everyone welcome! The next NEAT meeting is February 22, and every Monday after that. We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces!

With the winter season now upon us, we would like to take the opportunity to remind parents to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.
Should inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will advise parents of any bus cancellations using various communications tools including: automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on and school websites, Twitter, local radio stations, and on Versatrans My Stop. Any morning bus cancellations will be posted on by 6:30 a.m.
Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS administrative procedures, which says: School bus service may be suspended when Environment Canada reports a temperature of -40 C including wind chill factor, in one or more regions. School bus services may also be suspended or delayed due to adverse weather or road condition and on a region-by-region or route-by-route basis.
When school bus services are suspended, schools will remain open to students. EIPS believes parents have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on their beliefs and perceptions of safety during times of inclement weather. Parents must use discretion when sending children to school during inclement weather, even when buses are running and schools are open.

For more information, contact Student Transportation at              780-417-8151.

Education @ Gallery@501

Looking for something new to capture your students imaginations? The exhibitions in the Gallery@501 feature local, provincial and national artists that will directly engage the students with current contemporary artworks from across Canada. Programs are tailored for grades K-3, 4-6 and 7-9, with various age appropriate studio projects for students to create.

Upcoming education exhibits for February-March: Ethan Russell

Questions or to book a program for your school, please contact Kris Miller 780-410-8585.

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) boundary exemption request process for the 2016 - 2017 school year will take place from February 1 to April 15. This is the only time of year students from Kindergarten to Grade 10 wanting to attend a non-designated school in the upcoming year can apply to do so. Interested families must fill out a Boundary Exemption Request Form and submit it directly to their requested school.

The Boundary Exemption Request Form will be available in mid-January. Additional information about the boundary exemption request process, schools with closed boundaries, and frequently asked questions can be found by visiting Students already accepted into their non-designated school don't need to reapply. Final decisions will be made by April 22, 2016.

Please Note: Next Step does not have boundary requirements. Therefore, students wishing to attend any of our schools Do NOT need to apply for boundary exemption. Our programs are available to all students in the EIPS district.
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